Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Latest Happenings

Hey! Sorry for, again, not updating in awhile!

After some delays with the third cycle, I have completed the final intensive sessions and now only have 2 small sessions of chemo left (ever)! Blood tests still show great things and I'm all but double confirmed to be free of cancer. :D

As for other happenings, a few weeks ago I dropped by SJAM (my high school) to talk to my guidance counselor and see what I can do in between now and next year (when I FINALLY get to go on exchange) to keep my mind going and not just sit here and watch TV, go on the computer, and play video games - which CAN and DOES get boring easier than some may think. If this is what retirement is like, I never want to retire.

My counselor said that I could do pretty much anything, I could come back for a semester, a course, 2 courses, to hang around and help out with other classes, whatever. They were really flexible about it. I'm still quelling it over... I also got a mini-surprise in that I found out that I was IN FACT going to be attending my official Class of '08 Graduation ceremony! I originally had thought that I wouldn't be a part of it simply because I hadn't told them I would be there (what with planning on being halfway around the world during it). SJAM was nice enough to pay for the graduation gown and the tickets for my family to attend (Thanks - especially to Mrs. Fairhall if you read this).

After I talked with my guidance counselor, I stayed for a couple hours to catch up with some 5th year students and I got to go to one of the new improv club sessions! There are lots of new faces - I was pleasantly suprised.

Graduation night - Everything went smoothly. I got to catch up with more people and there were some who hadn't heard of my recent ordeal. I got lots of well wishes and best-of-lucks for the future. It turns out they wouldn't give us our official diplomas until we returned the graduation gowns. They gave us a fake on stage that said something like "Thanks for trying" or something similar to the sorry messages under a coffee cup rim...

In other OTHER news, my hair has started to grow back. It looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Suddenly my staring into the mirror has become really mesmerizing....

4 comments:

emmaelizabeth said...

IS YOUR HAIR ALL SOFT AND FUZZY LIKE MY DAD'S?!!!
.. you did feel his head right? i thought i made everyone at my party feel his head...
IM SO GLAD TO HEAR EVERYTHING'S GOING GREAT.
i miss you chunk. ):

Jared Stryker said...

Yeah it's really soft and really fuzzy :P
I miss you too!

Evans said...

Hi Jared- we are friends of Emma's parents in Burlington, and I met your Mom at her going-away party last August. I'm really happy to hear that your treatments have gone well, and that you're well on the road to recovery. My son-in-law had the same thing, and he's recovered beautifully, so good things happen to nice people. I've enjoyed reading your blog on your "adventures" and hopefully will read one from far away next year. Keep smiling.
Sandra and David Evans

Anonymous said...

Hi Jared - My daughter is a friend of Emma's and I've been nosing around your blog for sometime now. You have no idea how emotional I was reading about your ordeal. I feel I was with you all the way in spirit. So happy you are doing much better and that you are looking forward to your exchange next year. I truly believe you your exchange next year will be even sweeter for you due to the adversity you have overcome. Everything Emma has experienced will be that x 2 for you. Best wishes to you...